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post #1 of 55
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With Pierce Brosnan about to retire his "license to kill," the search is on for the new James Bond.  Who's your choice as the best replacement?  I like Clive Owen personally, but he may not be pretty enough for the general public.
post #2 of 55
Clive Owen is the best of the lot, though Hugh Jackman wouldn't be the end of the world (or the franchise).
post #3 of 55
Clive Owen. Just watch him deal cards in The Croupier. Very dry delivery. Lends itself to the Bond persona quite well. Check out DVD BMW made with different producers like Ang Lee, Frankenheimer, Innaritu (Amores Perros & 21 Grams), Ritchie. They all feature Owen and it's quite an interesting collaboration. I think I read recently Brosnan recommended Colin Farell and Connery thought Ewan McGregor could pull it off.
post #4 of 55
I'd go with Law as a first choice, followed by Farrell, then Owen. I think Owen and Farrell are a bit rugged for the part.
post #5 of 55
Farrel, Law, Jackman are way too young and young-looking for the part. Bond is supposed to be in his 40s at least, getting burned out, etc. Of course I'm thinking of the books, but most people think Connery was the best movie Bond, and the youngins could not come near filling those shoes. I just watched 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead' with Clive Owen, and although the movie was bad, and he was not very good in it either, I can definitely see him as Bond.
post #6 of 55
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Here is a rundown of the leading competitors, some mentioned in the poll, some not.  A British bookmaker has labeled Ewan McGregor (ugh.) as the favorite.
post #7 of 55
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I'd go with Law as a first choice, followed by Farrell, then Owen.  I think Owen and Farrell are a bit rugged for the part.
The guy has a license to kill - he should be rugged. That what everyone since Connery has lacked. They're all pretty, but none of them have that grit that made Bond so cool. I mean honestly, would you be scared to run into Pierce Brosnan in a dark alley? Me neither. I'm glad you guys agree with me on Clive Owen. And he can wear a tux.
post #8 of 55
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I mean honestly, would you be scared to run into Pierce Brosnan in a dark alley?   Me neither.
He was kind of scary in that movie where he was running around killing people with the Thuggee fanatics or whatever... well, not really. I agree, whoever it is should seem dangerous. When is the next film, or the first with the new guy, supposed to happen?
post #9 of 55
clive owen gets my vote
post #10 of 55
Out of the actors mentioned Owen would be my top choice. I liked his work in the BMW Series and my friend was saying he was very good in "Closer." However, I think the whole Bond franchise needs to calm it down on the improbability scale. I know the stories have always had fantasy elements in them, but "Die Another Day" was just ludicrous. I mean an ice hotel that melts with a huge laser beam, Bond fashioning a parachute out of shrapnel from a rocket powered ice glider (I will give them that they actually exist) while hanging off the side of the cliff? I think the writers and producers of the next Bond film need to get back to putting together a taut adventure storyline (like the "Bourne Identity") before inking another Brioni product placement. There, my Bond rant is finished... Aaron P.S.>
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I mean honestly, would you be scared to run into Pierce Brosnan in a dark alley? Me neither.
See "The Tailor of Panama." Not only a good film with all the right elements (handmade clothing, spying, and Jamie Lee Curtis) but Brosnan plays a great sleezeball.
post #11 of 55
I haven't seen one in years, specifically due to the issue aaron mentioned. Ian flemings bond was pretty believable, all in all. I'd like to see it get back in that direction.
post #12 of 55
I think Dalton was pretty hardcore, people wanted a switch from him because he wasn't a very nice guy... I actually quite like Brosnan as Bond, he isn't Connery, but then again, who is? I think Bale wouldn't be too bad... Russell Crowe though? ugh. Is Brosnan doing the next movie? or what is the deal with that?
post #13 of 55
Err, oops, the Thuggee movie was with Dalton. I thought Bale would be good, except he's too clean shaven or something.
post #14 of 55
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I think Dalton was pretty hardcore, people wanted a switch from him because he wasn't a very nice guy...
I am probably in the minority, but I quite liked Dalton's Bond.  He played a darker, more human Bond, particularly in License To Kill, where he avenged the maiming of Felix Leiter and the murder of Felix's bride.  Brosnan's Bond has been a bit cartoonish.
post #15 of 55
I liked the living daylights but wasn't a big fan of license to kill.
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